Posts Tagged ‘cattle’

Livestock producers turning to goats to supplement income

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Goats are growing in popularity among Mississippi livestock producers who have limited acreage or want to diversify their farming business. “Since 2012, the overall number of meat goats in the southeastern region of the state has increased,” said Mitch Newman, Greene County agricultural agent with the Mississippi State University Extension Service. “More […] [...]

Record cattle, hog prices leave producers with hard decisions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Cattle and hog prices are soaring to record highs, causing producers to debate whether to sell their valuable animals or expand their herd sizes for the future. “It’s hard not to sell when prices are this good and the pull of the feedlot is so strong,” said John Michael Riley, an agricultural […] [...]

Complaints filed in court on livestock auctions

PONTOTOC and HATTIESBURG — An animal rights group said today that it is filing complaints in courts in Forrest and Pontotoc counties against two livestock auctions sites where it alleges cows, sheep and other animals are being mistreated. Matt Rice, director of investigations for Los Angeles-based Mercy For Animals, said the complaints were being filed […] [...]

Farmers ask questions, get answers in wake of tornadoes

LOUISVILLE — More than 70 individuals who suffered losses from the April 28 tornadoes visited the state’s first Agriculture Disaster Center May 15 at the Mississippi State University Extension Service office in Louisville. Representatives from the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Administration […] [...]

Pickering collects more money from failed beef plant project

OAKLAND — State Auditor Stacey Pickering has recovered an additional $48,933.35 as part of the long-term investigation into the failed beef processors plant in Yalobusha County, and has presented the check to State Treasurer Lynn Fitch. Since 2004, $617,115.86 has been returned to the state as part of this investigation. Additionally, six individuals have either […] [...]

Cattle rustling investigation leads to arrests; Hyde-Smith pushes branding

PICKENS — The Mississippi Agricultural and Livestock Theft Bureau (MALTB), the law enforcement division of the Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce, has arrested two individuals for livestock theft. The Bureau anticipates additional arrests and charges to be forthcoming in the future. Lead MALTB investigator Mike McGowan, with assistance from the Holmes and Yazoo County […] [...]

Farmers see weaker market prices for agronomic crops

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI —  Mississippi’s top two agricultural commodities — poultry and forestry — maintained their strength in 2013, but most agronomic crop values took a hit from significantly lower prices than those earned in 2012. John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said agronomic crop prices were a major drag […] [...]

Extension launches new app for cattle producers

STARKVILLE — Cattle producers have access to a free app that calculates a variety of factors impacting their livestock management decisions. The Mississippi State University Extension Service released the MSUES Cattle Calculator Dec. 2 for Apple devices. Brandi Karisch, an assistant professor of animal and dairy sciences at MSU, is the Extension beef specialist who […] [...]

CATTLE RUSTLIN’ — Rising cattle prices raise rustler worries

Livingston Springs Farms in Flora raises Belted Galloways, commonly called “oreo cows,” for grass-fed beef. It’s summer time and the living is just a bit easier for Mississippi’s agriculture theft investigators — at least when it comes to chasing down cattle rustlers. But no one can say how long things will stay that way as […] [...]

State’s ranchers welcome rain; relieves feed costs

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Rains are taking some feed-cost pressure off Mississippi cattle producers as the end of summer approaches. Jane Parish, beef specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said summer droughts often reduce hay yields, and the resulting sparse grass in pastures can trigger hay feedings before the first frost hits. This year, […] [...]

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